If you did not have the good fortune to have grown up in Europe of the 70s and 80s, you will not have had the ABBA experience that some of us naturalized citizens have to draw on in their impressionable years. And trust me on this, an ABBA upbringing in the pre-teen stage is something which stays with us for life! We're not just talking 'Winner Takes it All' on the radio, we're dealing serious Eurovision Song Contest Saturday night memories. Highlight of the season, in for the evening with a bag of crisps and a can of coke, a couple of younger siblings on the sofa for good company, not to mention the older brother probably siphening off the parents' whiskey supply while we were glued to the tele for Abba's amazing outfits and choregography. Come on now, you have to admit, there's been nothing quite like it since. I particularly appreciated the platform footwear and those dainty little crotcheted skull caps the girls wore, just spectacuar against the substantial hairstyling of the times!
It comes as no surprise to hear that ABBA's greatest hits is back on top of the music charts in the UK following the release of the blockbuster movie, Mamma Mia. Only the Brits would make the effort to buy the original recording and put the ageing Swedes back at top of the pops. Though American audiences have been most responsive to the movie version of the stage show smash hit. It took me a while to get down to the movie theaters to see Mamma Mia on the big screen, though I'm happy to say that I did, for the feel-good emotions this all-star summer flick evokes were so much more uplifting than anything else on offer at the movie theater this month. Didn't bother to bore you with the fact that I fell asleep in the middle of the mega-miserable Bat Man II. Needless to say, ABBA is undoubtedly a shameless, grown-up, girl-power movie. Don't even think of taking the boys.
And as my movie-date Suzanne so aptly asked: "Wouldn't life be so much sweeter as a musical?" Throw in a supporting cast of the wonderful Julie Walters, Colin Firth, and Pierce Brosnan, Why ever not?